Madison to develop response to home health care ‘crisis’

On Tuesday, March 21, the Madison city council authorized the development of a comprehensive response to the crisis in home health care in the city, according to a news release.

According to the Survival Coalition, about 70,000 direct care workers make up the current Wisconsin home health care workforce. In just three years (2026), the need for care workers will increase to over 93,000. One of the limiting factors for having enough caregivers is the low wages they receive. There is not enough funding and not enough workers to enable provider agencies to meet the increased demand for their services. This lack of funding puts strain on the current limited workforce and the families of those in need to supplement the lack of available home health care.